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Florida-resident Disney fans get a special treat tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET! Don’t miss it!

If you’re lucky enough to live in Florida and can tune into Fox35 Orlando tonight, you’re in for a special look at the last 50 years of Walt Disney World, gearing up to the first day of the 50th anniversary celebration at the parks this Friday, October 1.

That’s because the network is debuting “50 Years of Disney Magic” ahead of the celebratory kick-off. The special is sure to delight Disney fans of all ages, as the network takes a look at the impact that Walt Disney World has had on central Florida over the last 50 years.

Tonight, at 7:30 p.m. Eastern, viewers can tune in and see “Fox 35 Special Report: 50 Years of Disney Magic,” followed by another special tomorrow night, September 30, at 7:30 p.m. Eastern, that takes a futuristic look at all that might happen over the next 50 years at Walt Disney World.

The anchors for the show gave viewers a behind-the-scenes (or in front of the scenes) look at the show before it airs tonight. Amy Kaufeldt and John Brown spent a day at Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World getting ready for the special and filming some of their parts in the special.

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The team worked with their film crew and videographers to create the parts of the special that they would be hosting and wanted viewers to see a few pictures of the team getting ready for the specials.

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When Walt Disney World first came to central Florida, it was only in the hearts and minds of a team of Walt’s closest confidants. Walt chose the land as it was not near the beach; he didn’t want to compete for tourists.

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He also chose the location because of its proximity to major highway systems. If you’re familiar with the area, you know that Interstate 4 runs right past the Walt Disney World location. In fact, drivers take Exit 62 to head to the parks; it’s the exit that says, “Celebration/Walt Disney World” on its signage.

Catch Fox35’s special tonight for a look back at 5 decades of Disney at 7:30 p.m. Eastern, and tune in again tomorrow night–same time, same channel–for a look forward to the next 5 decades of Disney in central Florida!

About Becky Burkett

I'm an enthusiastic writer who finds joy in random things like cold weather, snow, "I Love Lucy," "The Andy Griffith Show," journals full of blank paper, countdowns to Christmas, the month of December, "Toy Story," "Sleeping Beauty," my 4 kids, my 4 shih tsus, Disney Parks history, Imagineering and visiting the parks. I think Walt Disney is the standard against which genius should be measured. I love to write about Disney Parks, Disney history, all things Imagineering and PIXAR. I adore the colors, story and art direction of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (Team Make it Blue!), and "Toy Story" is life (minus "Toy Story 4"). I believe Walt Disney was so much more than an entertainment and theme park tycoon; I believe he was a savant with a vision for life and how it could be if happiness and kindness are strived for. I love Biergarten at EPCOT and 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian. You can find me croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room, chillin' on the PeopleMover or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. I'm always looking for Imagineers in the parks, and I'd rather meet Joe Rohde and Tony Baxter than anyone in Hollywood! Hey, if you dream it, you really can do it!